HOW TO WRITE A GOOD ASSIGNMENT GENERAL PLANNING You must plan to use your time effectively Plan the basic structure of your assignment Make some summaries you want to write about Write it in a rough form first Put it one side for a short time (it may be hours) to think again Make final adjustments and write the assignment UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION YOU HAVE TO WRITE ON Read the question(s) carefully Identify the keys words in the question(s) Draw up an outline o Identify the main points o Organise your writing o Identify irrelevant material RESEARCHING THE TOPIC Collect all information concerning your topic Critically assessing your sources (Don’t accept everything you read) PLANNING AND WRITING YOUR ASSIGNMENT You must have an introduction An introduction is a short statement at the beginning of your assignment, which shows that you understand the question and how you plan to solve the problem. Save the details for the body of the assignment. Try to write short sentences Make short sentences clearer by placing important words at the beginning and at the end of the sentence A body Here you should develop your main arguments and supply details and examples. Support your claims stating the relevant facts A conclusion Here you give your final opinion on the question. Show how all the points mentioned in the body of the assignment have led to your conclusion. Don’t introduce new ideas, don’t use direct quotations and don’t give detailed explanations. Focus on the question and be brief. ASSIGNMENT CHECKLIST Did I start off well with my introduction ? Does the introduction state clearly what the aim the assignment is ? Does each paragraph link with the previous paragraphs ? Did I use my own words ? Are all my findings the result of my own insight and research ? Does it make sense ? Have I checked my spelling ? Have I quoted correctly ? Did I number my pages correctly ? Is my Bibliography correctly compiled ? Bibliography items are listed alphabetically by author at the end of the assignment paper. Example: Bibliography: (“Bibliography” is a list of books on a particular subject) Deere, Jack, Struik Christian Books Ltd, Cape Town, 2002 (You are referring to Jack Deere’s book and who published it and when) In-Text: (To refer to the page in the book you used, you write it as follows:) (Deere 2002:81) (The above will tell us that you found your information in Jack Deere’s book, published in 2002 on page 81) ITALICS “Italics” words can be used for foreign languages, titles of books, journals and newspapers. Titles of Bible books, any Bible translations must not be italicised Words, sentences or phrases omitted from quotations must be indicated by means of three full stops, without any space between the word and the full stops.
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